As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, 56 men and women who
made - and are continuing to make - exceptional contributions to the country will
receive their National Orders, South Africa's highest civilian honour. The awards will
be presented by President Jacob Zuma at a Freedom Day ceremony next Sunday.
From Cida to the Maharishi Institute, South African Taddy Blecher is taking his inwards-out approach to a whole new level. There are no hand-outs at this business university - each graduate pays for another student who takes his place in a cycle aimed at improving the community as a whole. We can end poverty, he says.
Three award-winning restaurants, a lauded cook book and a big heart have made Reuben Riffel one of South Africa's favourite chefs. In getting there, Riffel followed his own advice to budding chefs: "Don't rush it, take your time when working under good chefs, study them and learn from them."
South African Pierre Terblanche's childhood passion for design and motorbikes blossomed into an automotive design career that has seen him create some of the world's most beautiful motorcycles.
It's a long way from Mabopane to outer space, but Mandla Maseko has strapped on his boots and is on the way there. The young DJ will be the first black African astronaut, after beating a million or so contestants to win the global Axe Apollo Space Academy competition.
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